Jayne's Rowboat Rocker #5: Unscrewed

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 12-19-2010 06:52 AM 1960 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I mentioned in the last entry how little I liked the screws in the top cap rail so I took a fellow LJ’s advice and I’m going to ditch the screws and use dowels instead. Problem is that there are marks from the screws so I need to do something to cover them up. I decided to inlay a diamond shape of walnut where the screws were and I will be drilling a hole through that to put in the oak dowel that will ultimately help hold the cap rail to the ribs of the boat.

I hope I can be more accurate with the placement of the dowels than I was with the screws I originally used. I laid out the screw locations on the template, but when I installed the rails, the pilot holes shifted and the screws didn’t align well with the screws already in the sides of the hull.

I also need to fix a little slip of the router that occurred when I was template routing the rails. I’m thinking I will just sand that area more to smooth out the transition, but if someone has a better idea, I’d love to hear it!

I have conceded that I won’t get this done in time for Christmas (sorry Jayne) so I won’t be working on it quite as much over the next few days so I can enjoy what’s left of my vacation time with the family without a deadline stressing me out. I don’t want this to go on forever, but I think I will enjoy the process more and be easier to live with now that I’m not so worried about a deadline. Hopefully this will clear my thinking and keep me from making future mistakes. We’ll see…

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 08:15 AM

For your router slip, I usually go for a patch. In this case, I might smooth out the divot so I can glue on a strip of scrap that can conform to the smoothed shape and then reshape. If that does not work out to your satisfaction you can always go with the modified shape plan you describe above. Just a thought…

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 06:17 PM

Thanks for the tip, I’ll give that a try and be sure to post the results.

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 02:30 AM

If you can clamp a 1/4” ply straight edge on the top rail. Just go as deep as the dip, Make several passes, moving straight edge in a little at a time. Then glue strip in as sras suggested.

I really like the idea of gluing walnut pieces on the top rails. Sorry you can’t get it done for Christmas, but you made the right choice to enjoy family and your vacation. If one rushes, you are more likely to make mistakes. My vocational instructor always told me, it takes less time to do it right than do it over. Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 06:19 AM

Thanks for the extra advice, Tom. I have you to thank for helping to make a better end product.

Once I decided to go with the dowels and realized I would need to hide the screw marks the idea for the diamonds came to mind. That idea was do put in the diamonds, then drill for the dowels so both the diamonds and the dowels would be visible in the end product. After I did four of the diamonds, I got to thinking that I should have just done the dowel first, then covered them with the diamonds. Now I need to be really careful about where I put the dowel hole so it is the same on each diamond. Doing the diamonds after would have simplified this. I suppose I can do a few of the dowels through the diamonds and see how I like it and change it later if I don’t.

Spent very little time in the shop today; might make some progress tomorrow.

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